Art positions (especially in the
> high school) are VERY hard to find unless you don't mind
> teaching in rural areas (or in the inner city/tougher areas)
> Also, salaries in CO are low compared to other states.
> Please, whatever you do, DO NOT MOVE out here before you
> have a position...You will end up having to sub (with very
> little pay and no benefits), and there's no guarantee that
> you will get a position in the near future.
> There are a couple people that I know who have been looking
> for a teaching job for the last 2 years!
> So, be smart and CHOOSE WISELY.
All very good advice from ArtTeach, especially that the job
market is VERY competitive, and art positions are hard to find.
It might also be difficult for you to find a job where art, and
by extension art teachers, are valued at all. At the school
where I work, where the principal has said that "It's all about
CSAP," and "I don't care what your students know about Abe
Lincoln, since that's not on the test," we have gone through
five art teachers and seven music teachers in the last three
years. There might be a position for you, but you may be
treated as if you are unimportant.
Furthermore, Colorado is such a far-right, redneck state that
many are calling for the total elimination of art and music
education on the grounds that these classes are useless for
getting a "real" job.
I realize that I may be coming across as overly negative, and
all 35 of the happily employed public school art teachers in
the state will probably reply to tell me why I'm excessively
pessimistic and wrong. But my intention is just to reiterate
ArtTeach's advice, "CHOOSE WISELY," and consider the possible
downsides. I hope to help prevent you from making the same
mistake I did